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K.O joins the Sony Music Entertainment Africa family

K.O

Multi-award winning, certified Platinum selling, Mr Cashtime, K.O, has embarked on a new era which sees him joining forces with the Sony Music Entertainment Africa family. K.O’s new signing coincides with the release of his new single release titled No Feelings which debuted on Metro FM, 5FM and YFM yesterday and  is now available on all major digital platforms.

Stream or download K.O’s No Feelings here: https://itun.es/za/supklb?i=1260975530

“It’s the beginning of a new beginning,” expresses K.O on joining forces with Sony Music Entertainment Africa.

Mr Cashtime is back with a vengeance and his new single No Feelings, will remind his fans why he is affectionately known as the “Skhanda Gawd” for the critically acclaimed release of his Skhanda Republic album which played a significant role in changing the landscape of the South African urban youth music as we know it.

No Feelings was a trending topic in South Africa yesterday and is predicted to achieve high rankings on the various digital charts today.

“This is the first and official single off my upcoming album dropping late 2017 and the title No Feelings simply means ‘take nothing personal’. For the first time I’ll be showing my fans a vulnerable side of me through song by touching on my frustrations, aspirations, the competition, naysayers, friendship and life in general…” shares K.O.

No Feelings is a high-energy record of raw raps laced with a semi-melodic esque that will enable K.O’s core fans see him exploring a different musical approach as opposed to his signature sound. The lyrics are centered around the status quo of SA urban culture where KO stands as a key player.

Watch K.O – Pretty Young Thing (Official Music Video)

The release and promotion of K.O’s new single will be driven by Sony Music Entertainment Africa. “We are delighted to welcome K.O into the Sony family. We are excited to be working closely with an artist who has been at the forefront of the culture throughout his distinguished career. He enters this new chapter with the hunger of a new comer and we can’t wait to be part of this new and exciting chapter in his game changing career!” shares Refiloe Ramogase, MD of Sound African Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment Africa.

Make sure to keep posted to K.O’s social media accounts for more details on his national media promo tour of new single No Feelings.

Connect with K.O:

Facebook: K.O (https://www.facebook.com/MrCashtime/)
Twitter: @MrCashtime
Instagram: @MrCashtime
Website: www.dustnkompany.com

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FOUR’s debut EP now available for pre-order

FOUR’s debut EP

Urban Pop music group sensation and the inaugural winners of the X Factor SA, FOUR, are gearing up for the highly awaited release of their self-titled debut EP on 4 August 2017, which is now officially available for pre-order on iTunes.

“We’re extremely excited to finally be releasing a body of work. We’ve been working hard over the last few years and we feel like this EP showcases how our sound has developed as well as our growth as a band. We really hope everyone enjoys what we’ve been working on.”

Pre-Order FOUR here https://SonyMusicAfrica.lnk.to/FOUREP

The multi-talented trio’s debut EP consists of 5 tracks which has FOUR’s signature sound of Kwaito with Pop vocals and a twist of richly textured harmonies. The FOUR EP was produced by multi-award winning producers namely DJ Maphorisa, Bass Mdlongwa, Zakes Bantwini, RJ Benjamin, Oskido and Victory Chauke  – representing a body work of that will surely be enjoyed by South Africans from all walks of life.

“We love both Kwaito and Pop music so didn’t want to stick to one specific genre. Our sound is an amalgamation of African driven instrumentals with Pop influenced melodies. We like to think there’s a bit of something for everyone.”

FOUR Tracklist:

  1. Share Your Love
  2. End of Time
  3. Island
  4. Fire & Rain
  5. I Wish

The lead radio single off FOUR’s EP, Island, is the perfect soundtrack to escape to a place of serenity. The single is currently enjoying rotation on radio stations across the country such as 5FM, Jacaranda FM, East Coast Radio, Gagasi FM, Rhodes Music Radio and Lesedi FM just to name a few. Make sure to look out for FOUR’s Island music video dropping soon.

FOUR debut EP

When you pre-order FOUR’s EP today, you will receive Share Your Love and Island instantly to enjoy right now.

Connect with FOUR on social media to follow their debut EP release and make sure to continue requesting Island on your favourite radio stations.

Connect with FOUR:

Facebook: Four (https://www.facebook.com/FourSA4/)
Twitter: @Four_SA
Instagram: @Four_SA
YouTube: https://youtu.be/v8A2WNvO310

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African Jewel Berita to perform at Women’s Month celebration special

Berita Women’s Month celebration

Known for her entertaining live performances, all eyes will be on The African Jewel, Berita, as she is set to perform at The Soil – Echoes Of Kofifi Women’s Month celebration special event at The Groove Live (formerly Bassline) in Newtown on Saturday, 5 August 2017.

Gates open at 18:30 and tickets are available for R200 from Computicket click here.

The Soil – Echoes Of Kofifi Women’s Month celebration special event, staged by Native Rhythms Productions, is a musical extravaganza aimed at raising awareness of violence against women.

Berita will join the line-up as friends of The Soil with her band in a not to be missed performance where she will perform her latest hits off her fast selling self-titled album, BERITA, which debuted at #4 on the iTunes Chart and at #9 on the Musica CD chart.

“I’m really excited for this show, it’s a big one and I can’t wait to share my old favourites and new music with everyone. I’ve been friends with The Soil for about 4 years now and sharing the stage with them is just going to be so magical,” expresses Berita.

The latest single to be released by The African Jewel off her newly released third studio album is titled Over You.

Over You is already enjoying air play across the country on over 40 radio stations such as Metro FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Capricorn FM, Ikwekwezi FM and Tru FM just to name a few.

The African Jewel has turned a completely new chapter in her career with the release of her highly awaited third studio album. Berita’s sound has been lauded by many both locally and internationally for being distinct, intriguing and proudly African.

Make sure to get your tickets to see The African Jewel live on stage on 5 August 2017 and stream or download her BERITAalbum here: https://itun.es/za/YwdNjb

Watch Berita’s live acoustic performance of Nguwe Wedwa here:

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Cassper Nyovest and Kwesta to headline DStv iRock Limpopo 2017

Cassper-Nyovest

The DStv iRock Limpopo Music Festival is back and is set to take place at Polokwane Cricket Club on Saturday, 23 September 2017.

Headliners like Cassper Nyovest, Amanda Black, Culoe de Song, Black Motion, Kwesta, and DJ Mshega (among others) will bring music lovers the best in South African dance, house, hip-hop, afro pop and RnB.

Once again, aspiring musicians are invited to be part of the line-up by entering the DStv iRock Battle for the Stage talent search. Keep an eye on the DStv iRock social media platforms for further updates.

“In 2013, DStv iRock launched a completely new experience. We created more than just a music festival, we created a lifestyle. The youth were captivated and looked for ways to be part of the experience in a bigger way. We then developed and implemented the iRock Ambassador Program which employs over 100 youth in the area,” says Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko, General Manager Marketing for MultiChoice.

Gates at the Polokwane Cricket Club will open at 12:00 on Saturday, 23 September 2017. Main event tickets are on sale for R150 GA (1) and R250 (Buy 1 get 1 free) and VIP Early bird at R2500 for 2 (includes a bottle of Bisquit, Cruz Vodka and mixers)

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Sho Madjozi makes big splash

Sho Madjozi

According to Sundayworld, Maya Wegerif has dived head first into the pool as an actress and rapper of Afrocentric hip-hop sounds.

Wegerif, 25, who goes by the stage name Sho Madjozi, hails from Elim in Limpopo but is now based in Jozi and is a breath of fresh air to the industry while she swells with pride, singing in Xitsonga.

She regards herself as a writer first, then a poet, a musician and now an actress after making her debut on the Mzansi Magic drama series Isithembiso.

She plays Tsakane, a young attractive woman besotted with Bambatha (played by Lemogang Tsipa), though she is struggling to get his attention. She is a politics student and a radical SRC leader who advocates for protests.

“I was told about the Isithembiso auditions by Kutlwano Ditsele [producer of the drama series]. He sent me a message, I then went for auditions in January this year,” she recalls.

“Unfortunately the character they were looking for was that of a Zulu-speaking girl. I auditioned nevertheless and waited for the outcome.

“The next thing, I received a call back and was told producers have “written a new role, that of Tsakane. To say I was overjoyed is an understatement, this is my first big break in this craft.”

So why Wegerif and why Sho Madjozi? “My mom is Tsonga, my father is white. There was this character on SABC1’s Generations called Vivian Majozi (Faye Peters), people said I look like her. And I have this habit of saying ‘sure’, so it stuck with me and I fused the two, to be known as ‘Sho Madjozi’.”

Sho Madjozi

But as a writer and a poet, Wegerif refuses to be typecast by the spoken word only. And despite never imagining herself as a rapper, she tried to become a ghost-writer of rap sounds.

She boldly contacted one of her idols in the local hip-hop world, Okmalumkoolkat, who was astounded by her confidence after sending through some of her verses. Thereafter, they decided to work together.

She was excited to collaborate with Okmalumkoolkat on three of his songs for his now chart-topping album Mlazi Milano, a feat that led to Wegerif staking her claim on the local rap scene. “He didn’t want me to write, he wanted me to rap.

“I did what I like and enjoy most, rapping in my home language Xitsonga.”

And she keeps proving there is more to the “xibelani” traditional skirt she wears when performing. Her single Dumi Hi Phone, featuring Ps DJz, is receiving nationwide airplay.

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Big Star’s No Rush ft Priddy Ugly & Frank Casino one for the culture

Big Star’s No Rush

Urban Musical Genius, Big Star, has just released the next radio single off his highly acclaimed debut TELLASCOPE Mixtape/EP titled No Rush featuring Priddy Ugly and Frank Casino. No Rush had its first radio play this morning at 08:50 on Metro FM to a great reception by the Metro FM DJs and positive commentary online by Metro FM listeners.

Stream or download Big Star’s No Rush ft Priddy Ugly and Frank Casino here: https://itun.es/za/hRD5ib?i=1223023842

Listen to Big Star’s No Rush ft Priddy Ugly and Frank Casino audio video here: 

“For the three of us it all started on that very quad that’s on the artwork. In that very uniform… And we link up years later, each having come up differently, with different styles and approaches… It’s just beautiful to see. Above all though we just had to do it for the East,” shares Big Star.

The No Rush trio represent Kempton Park and have forged an allegiance that denotes the talent from the East Rand. The release of No Rush signifies the quintessential song of the new wave from the East spearheaded by SA’s rising hip hop talent. No Rush was released for the culture, and Big Star, Priddy Ugly and Frank Casino are making a statement that their time is coming, but they are in no rush.

Vth Season conducted a survey on the next radio single to release for Big Star off his highly acclaimed debut TELLASCOPEMixtape/EP. The survey showed that the real fans and followers of Big Star chose Pablo by 40% over No Rush and Papers. Vth Season however decided to support the SA hip hop culture and the East Rand movement fronted by Big Star, Priddy Ugly and Frank Casino with the release of No Rush.

No Rush is set to be the last official radio single to be released off Big Star’s highly acclaimed debut TELLASCOPEMixtape/EP which was the number #1 South African album on iTunes SA Hip Hop chart on its release. No Rush will give way to Big Star’s debut album release earmarked for this coming summer. Big Star fans have been eagerly awaiting his debut album release since winning the Vuzu Hustle Season 1.

Make sure to follow Big Star and @VthSeason on social media for all his latest music updates and the music video for No Rush coming soon.

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TRACE Africa Spotlights VTH Season

VTH Season

VTH Season, one of Africa’s leading Talent Management and Entertainment Marketing Agencies was a spotlight FOCUS on TRACE Africa this past weekend which entailed an hour long focus on VTH Season by playing music videos by artists in their stable.

TRACE Africa has dedicated the month of July to showing major labels on the continent some love by playing the best hits from the artists on their rosters. VTH Season is the only South African based label to receive a FOCUS feature.

“TRACE Africa aims at building music bridges between all various countries on the continent. We kicked off a series of “FOCUS” in June to give a platform to independent labels such as VTH season who are making waves not only in the South African music industry but expanding their work outside Southern Africa as well,” shares Valentine Gaudin-Muteba, TRACE TV General Manager South Africa.

The TRACE Africa FOCUS on VTH Season highlighted the below music videos on the VTH Season roster as a celebration of a stable that has brought TRACE TV some of South Africa’s biggest breakout stars over the past few years:

AKA: Sim Dope, Dream Work, All Eyes on Me, The World Is Yours
Berita: Thandolwethu, Mwana Ma Wai
Big Star: My Year, Flavors
TRESOR: Remedy, Never Let Me Go, Mount Everest

“It’s always great to receive recognition for the work we do outside the borders of South Africa. We have consistently been a part of some of the best music released on the continent since the company’s inception 6 years ago, and we are grateful to platforms like TRACE Africa for not only giving African music a deserving platform to be showcased but for acknowledging the work we put into developing the world class videos we put out,” shares Raphael Benza of VTH Season.

VTH Season’s FOCUS on TRACE Africa coincides with the team heading to their Nairobi base this week which will see TRESOR partake in a Coke Studio Africa collaboration amongst other pipeline projects which are underway.

“Platforms like TRACE Africa play such an important role in showcasing African talent and music and helping the music reach widely across the continent. I’m honoured to have VTH Season’s work featured as a special on the channel and look forward to celebrating more music and entertainment milestones with TRACE in future” shares Ninel Musson, Director at VTH Season.

Make sure to follow VTH Season on social media for updates on some of the best music to come out of the continent to date.

Get your hands on the latest VTH Season music releases below:

BERITA – Berita: https://itun.es/za/YwdNjb
BIG STAR – Tellascope: https://itun.es/za/hRD5ib
TRESOR – The Beautiful Madness: https://itun.es/za/LYDdjb

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Kunle Ayo is back with his latest single Faithful and True

kunle Ayo – Faithful and True

The last few years have been an amazing ride for Kunle Ayo and his family as the Lord has shown them so much mercy. His compassion they fail not indeed. This song is a celebration of God’s goodness and faithfulness.

“I am a recipient of God’s favour so I want to celebrate my King with this song and I will be grateful if you’ll join me praise JESUS in this jazzy spirit filled song Faithful and True” – Kunle Ayo says.

You can visit Kunle’s website at kunleayo.com for more information.

Watch Kunle Ayo here

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Morena The Squire Blazes Up Dance Classic Faith Alive Remix EP

Morena The Squire

Morena The Squire is a powerhouse performer and accomplished vocalist known for his smash hit single Faith Alive and for burning up the dance floor at every opportunity he takes to the stage. The release of his Digital EP – Faith Alive Remix EP comes at a time of recent resurgence around the single from various producers who showed interest in remixing this dance classic – signifying the first of multiple releases to be expected from the artist this year.

Comprised of remixes by Metro FM’s Joe Mann along with King Bayaa and Gaba Cannal the Faith Alive Remix EP is available across all digital platforms right now to kick-start your weekend. Stream or Download here: https://sonymusicafrica.lnk.to/FaithAliveEP

“Well the original song is a masterpiece, so it was a great responsibility to do a remix of a song that has a cult following. I decided to change it up completely and remove the guitar and replace it with a sound I can only describe as deep-tech” says Joe Mann of his remix contribution to the EP.

It is no surprise Faith Alive (2015) is considered a classic in house music circles. With its organic progressions and emotive soulful vocal stylings, the single’s reach of impact and critical acclaim extends beyond our shores – and more recently has received a nod from premier house music label House Afrika as well as Defected Records (UK).

“I draw inspiration from feeling, how we feel as human beings and how we want to feel. I am very big on expressing human triumph. Faith Alive was born at a time when I wanted to believe that I could call on the strength I needed to do something for myself”.

Fast forward to 2017 and Morena The Squire is fulfilling his dream to create compelling television as part of his role as Mzansi Insider series producer, in addition to being a dedicated musician well on his way to completing a full body of work for release in the latter part of the year, not to mention his continued passion for refining his art as performer.

When asked about his approach to performance, Morena explains “… performance is about consistent energy and control. Every beat and moment is as important, as connecting with my audience with feeling”.

“Performing my music for large crowds is the ultimate platform for my expression”.

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10th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards 2017

Crown Gospel Music Awards

The World Gospel Powerhouse is excited to officially announce that this year, on the last week of November 2017, the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards will be celebrating 10 Years since its inception.

“This year the Awards will take place on the 26th November 2017 at the Durban ICC, but we invite everyone to start preparing now for this grand event since we will have celebrations, commencing from Thursday the 23rd November 2017, prior to the Awards evening. For the first time ever on the Thursday (23 November) that will precede the Crown Awards evening, the World Gospel Powerhouse will host a service,an event of high magnitude that will feature renowned local and international speakers”, says Zanele Mbokazi, founder of the Crown Gospel Music Awards.



On Friday, 24 November, the 2nd Christian Expo Africa will kick off at the Durban ICC. This Expo will host a range of exhibitors who will showcase all things Christian – from literature, books, Music, DVDs, Clothing and other related merchandise and services. The Industry Awards will take place on Saturday night (25 November). We urge all Gospel Music lovers and supporters to make earnest preparations and even put in leave notices from work for the Monday after the Crown Awards weekend, adds Zanele Mbokazi.

The Crown Awards were founded 10 years ago and a few weeks ago, we hosted its 10th year celebrations througha Crown Awards Blestival which featured amongst others, the following artists: Benjamin Dube, Rebecca Malope, Putuma, Sgwili, Shongwe, Andile kaMajola, Dumi Mkokstad, Mawat and Tebogho. The Blestival also saw the launch of Gospel Musical #Maria which starred Jessica Nkosi and Brian Temba in its lead roles. The musical tells the story of the life of our lord Jesus Christ, through his mother Maria.

Nominees for the 2017 SABC Crown Awards are now open. Nomination forms are available on our website: www.theafricangospel.com or by calling our offices on: 031 303 3520. For further details, follow us on our social media platforms, Facebook: Crown Gospel Music Awards, Instagram: @crowngospelmusicawards and Twitter: @SabcCrownAwards

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